Cents and Senseibility Martial Arts School provides services to improve fitness and the capacity for self-defense, the Songahm Taekwondo is not just a physical activity. Taekwondo "is the martial art that trains people physically and mentally." In addition to physical fitness, Taekwondo classes promote discipline, honor, self-control, respect, courtesy, perseverance and loyalty. Cents and Senseibility specializes in teaching ages 3-63. When students join they will not only be improving their fitness and learning to defend themselves, they will be embarking on a path to improve many important aspects of their lives. And the truly wonderful thing is they get to have fun while doing it!
Here are some benefits you can expect from training in Taekwondo:
Five individual programs for different age and skill levels are presented in the following subtopics.
Cents and Senseibility Martial Arts School will offer Tiny Tots Taekwondo program. The 3T program was developed specifically for preschool children ages 3 through 6. This program offers children a strong foundation in essential character qualities such as courtesy, respect, and discipline. In addition, the program is designed to improve children's motor skills and enhance their ability to pay attention and follow directions. All classes are taught using the most safe, fun, and exciting instruction methods available for this age group.
3Ts have their own unique achievement patch and "Starbursts." Starbursts are earned with slight modifications in recognition of the preschool age of the child. Four different colored achievement patches are available to accommodate all the stars that can be earned by a high achieving 3T. The rank and testing system used by the 3Ts is slightly different from that of our regular programs. 3Ts can earn six collectable animal patches to display on the belts as follows: Lynx for orange belt; Jaguar for yellow; Badger for camo; Bear for green; Kestrel for purple; Falcon for blue. All six patches, as earned, can be displayed on the child's belt.
Upon graduation from the 3T program students will be afforded the Basic, Black Belt Club, or Masters Club Program.
The Basic Program is for children and adults of all ages. Under this program the student will receive, upon membership, two times a week instruction in the basic core skills of Taekwondo. Classes will be divided by age groups.
The Black Belt Program is for children and adults of all ages. Students in this program will receive instructions three times weekly. This program also features free sparring, board breaking and street self-defense. Classes will be divided according to age group and rank.
The Masters Club Program is for children and adults of all ages. All students will be encouraged to graduate into this program as they progress and experience the art of Taekwondo. This program provides unlimited weekly instruction. This program also features free sparring, board breaking, street self-defense and weapons training. This program offers the complete package for Self-Defense Classes and will hold the largest portion of the Cents and Senseibility Martial Arts School enrollment. Class instruction will be divided according to age group and rank.
The concept of belts and rank is probably one that most people associate with Taekwondo and martial arts in general, even if they only have a passing interest in the subject.
In Songahm Taekwondo, our belts reflect a member's proven level of competence and (just as importantly) the progression of colors reflects an inner journey that never truly ends. Each belt achieved is truly an accomplishment worthy of respect. It is also worth noting that achieving a belt isn't just a matter of "spending enough time" in a previous belt. In order to achieve their next rank, a student must demonstrate their proficiency in their current belt's techniques, to include Basic Moves, Sparring and Forms.
CATISC SONGAHM TAEKWONDO BELTS (RANKS)
"Pure and without the knowledge of Songahm Taekwondo. As with the Pine Tree, the seed must now be planted and nourished to develop strong roots." The student has no knowledge of Songahm Taekwondo and begins with a clean (pure) slate. Purity is often signified by the color white.
"The sun is beginning to rise. As with the morning's dawn, only the beauty of the sunrise is seen rather than the immense power." The beginner student sees the beauty of the art of Taekwondo but has not yet experienced the power of the technique. Orange is found among the many colors of the sunrise.
"The seed is beginning to see the sunlight." The student begins to understand the basics of Taekwondo. The sun appears to be yellow.
Camouflage (Camo) Belt
"The sapling is hidden amongst the taller pines and must now fight its way upward." The student begins to realize his/her place in the world's largest martial art. The student must now begin to spar in order to promote in rank. Camouflage (greens) is used to hide among the trees in the forest.
"The pine tree is beginning to develop and grow in strength." The student's technique is developing power. The components of the basic techniques are beginning to work in unison. As the pine tree develops, it sprouts green pine needles.
"Coming to the mountain. The tree is in the mid-growth and now the path becomes steep." The student has crossed over into a higher level of Songahm Taekwondo. The techniques, poom-sae (forms), and level of gyeo-roo-gi (sparring) becomes more difficult, creating a "mountain" that must be overcome. Mountains are often depicted as being purple.
"The tree reaches for the sky toward new heights." Having passed the mid-way point, the student focuses his/her energy upward toward black belt. The sky appears as blue.
"The tree is firmly rooted in the earth." At this point the student has mastered the basics and developed deep roots in Taekwondo. Brown is known as an earthy color, such as dirt.
"The sun is setting. The first phase of growth has been accomplished." The first day (the period of time from white belt to red belt) of growth is coming to an end. The physical skill has been developed but lacks control; therefore, physical and mental discipline must now be achieved. Variations of red are found among the many colors of the sunset.
"The dawn of a new day. The sun breaks through the darkness." The previous day has ended, giving way to a new dawn. The student must begin a new phase of training; that of being a black belt. The red is the sun (in a sunrise) as it breaks through the black of night.
"The tree has reached maturity and has overcome the darkness... it must now 'plant seeds for the future.'" The color black is created when all the colors of the light spectrum have been absorbed into an object. That object has "taken control" of the colors and retained them. If one color was to "escape", the object would no longer be black but would appear as that color. The student has mastered the nine geup (grades) of Taekwondo. He/she has "absorbed" all the knowledge of the color ranks and overcome or "mastered" that level or training. The colors of the spectrum are bound together and are not reflected off an object, resulting in the absence of color, which we call black.